Tree of Immortality
Tree of Immortality
The Tree of Immortality is named for the infamous tree in the garden of Eden from the Quran, also called the tree of knowledge and tree of life in other religious traditions. It is a hand colored letterpress print with Chine Colle made in collaboration with the letterpress printer Bonnie Bernstein. All profits from the sale of this print will go toward the International Rescue Committee to aid them in their mission to help people in the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Thought by many to be the site of the Garden of Eden, Iraq is a confluence for Tree of Life symbolism in texts sacred to our own families’ religious beliefs: the Quran and the Old Testament. We have referenced some of this symbology in our artwork. The page is torn as an act of kriah, the rending of garments by Jews in mourning. The difficult question – “Have you taken the fruit of his heart?” – is from the Quran, when Allah asks his angels to reaffirm the faith of a devotee who has lost a son. The art was hand drawn by Amira Hegazy and reproduced as a photo-polymer letterpress plate; Chin collé, letterpress printing and hand-coloring on Kitakata and Stonehenge papers by Bonnie Bernstein and Amira Hegazy. The print is 11"X14" and printed in an edition of 15.
We were moved by an interview with Mohammad Al-Khashali, owner of the Shabandar Café, a literary gathering place in Baghdad. Mr. Al-Khashali lost four sons and a grandson in the bombing of the booksellers’ market on Mutanabbi Street in 2007. He likened the impact of their deaths on his family to a tree “ripped from the roots with all its fruit.” He is one of many people in the Middle East whose family has been torn apart. Amid conflict, countless people have been killed and many others are forced to flee their homes with very little to call their own.
International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crisis and those people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
in 2015 the International Rescue Committee was able to aid 23 million people through their programs and the programs of their partner organizations. They have received the highest ratings for charitable organizations around the world.
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